OKC Philharmonic’s new principal trombone on returning home and reconnecting with his Chickasaw heritage

Posted on: November 19, 2021

“Adam Hanna will be sliding into his role as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s new principal trombonist with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 … Nov. 20 … at the Civic Center Music Hall,” writes Brandy McDonnell in Thursday’s (11/18) Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK). “Hanna, 33 … ‘grew up in Oklahoma … and then I moved away,’ he said. ‘I’ve always wanted to explore my homeland and connect more with my Chickasaw heritage.’ … He was working on his doctorate at Boston University when the pandemic upended life…. After his father died last year of COVID-19, Hanna inherited his house in Durant [Oklahoma]. Since his doctoral program had shifted to remote learning, the trombonist opted to move back to Oklahoma, while his wife remained in Boston, where she is an academic program manager at Suffolk University. He said … ‘Some of the greatest live music I’ve ever heard, it was always when musicians seemed to be playing with some sort of hidden passion…. Hopefully, I can bring that to the stage in Oklahoma.’ ”